BRIGADIER GENERAL GEORGE W. GODDARD - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 276584
Sale Price $144.00
GEORGE W. GODDARD
The pioneer of aerial reconnaisance signs a First Day Cover "In Memoriam" for Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
First Day Cover signed: "George W Goddard/Brig Gen. U.S.AF. (ret.)", 6½x3¾. FDC honoring Franklin D. Roosevelt, 3-cent Roosevelt stamp affixed, postmarked Washington, D.C., June 27, 1945, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. FDR, who is pictured on the cachet, had died on April 12, 1945. Born in London, George William Goddard (1889-1987) was a free-lance cartoonist before enlisting in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps in 1917. A graduate of the aerial photography course at the School of Aeronautics at Cornell University, he became an instructor in aerial photographic interpretation before being commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation Section Reserve in 1918. During WWI, as an officer in charge of aerial photographic research, Goddard was instrumental in the development of infra-red and long-range photography, and he was appointed officer in charge of aerial photography in the office of the Chief of the Air Corps in Washington, D.C. General Goddard was appointed Chief of the Photographic Laboratory at Wright Field in 1945, and he later served as Director of Reconnaissance, Operations Division in France (May 1952). During the Korean Conflict, Goddard introduced a new system of night photography. He also recommended a type of strip camera that was used both in Korea and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Slightly creased, rippled at cachet. Lightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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